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Wildlife photographer of the year awarded to man who took six months to get the shot

Last night the great and the good in the world of photography descended on the Natural History Museum to  celebrate the Wildlife photographer of the year awards.

The Duchess of Cambridge, a keen photographer and patron of the Natural History Museum, was there to award the prize to US photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols, whose beautiful black and white shot of a pack of lions in who are part of the Vumbi pride in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Nick followed the pack for six months, so by the time he took the shot they were used to his presence. His piece also won the black and white category. 

Other winners included photographer Raviprakash S S, whose image of a green vine snake, metres outside his front door in Karnataka India, won the amphibians and reptiles category. 

Another beautiful shot is the birds category winner, which is a shot of herons with the night sky above. It took the talented photographer 74 nights for the right conditions to appear in order to take the picture. He also used two timing devices to get the right image too. 

In the gallery below you can see more of the overall winners and some of our favourite pictures from the finalists too, including one incredible picture taken by a UK photographer in the 11-14 year old category.

See more on the Natural History Museum's website here nhm.ac.uk

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